July 2, 2006 Subject:
Effective illustration of power sources
Conveying scientific concepts to children isn't always an easy task for filmmakers, but the creators of We Use Power have done an exceptional job of explaining power sources in a manner accessible to elementary school students. The film briefly chronicles the many basic power sources that have been discovered by mankind over time, and then focuses on the role of mechanical apparati in energy conversion. Nicely constructed miniature models of various energy systems are used to demonstrate how the various forms of power are harnessed for useful means; I was especially fond of the water-powered factory with the tiny table saw and conveyor belt. Nuclear energy is briefly heralded as one of the most important newly emerging forms of power, but not surprisingly for a film of such broad scope, it is never explained. The film is a helpful teaching aid for children and a cheerful diversion for older viewers who would like a quick review of the technologies that have dramatically changed our lives.
February 13, 2005 Subject:
Mom, find the biggest battery you can find!
Pretty interesting science fair type of production to promote kids getting interested in doing all sorts of nifty expermients using all sorts of power methods such as wind, water and electricity. SOme of the experiments are easy ro accomplish, like the sail boats, but some are well, you have to buy the big battery, the small motor, etc...
Worth watching for the cheapest title cards found anywhere..
October 7, 2003 Subject:
1961 educational film starts with a close-up of a kid pedaling a bike while the narrator asks: "Wouldn't it be great if it was downhill all the way to school and then downhill all the way back home. Too bad!" Then we are told we live in a wonderful time because we don't have to work our muscles so hard. A history of the power humans harnessed to do their work follows. The illustrations, models and demonstrations are good, but the narrator sounds bored to death. Not entertaining unless you are a science junkie. Faded and discolored film.